Traveling constantly with Airbnb, it’s amazing how technology impacts our lives as the Senior Nomads. In the nearly four years we’ve been exploring the world, our various devices have keep us informed, entertained, and on the road. And now we have Skyroam!
Last month in Paris a friend asked if we would like to try an international mobile hot spot called Skyroam. Naturally, we jumped at the opportunity since it’s on its way to working in almost every country on the planet. If so, it could really change the way we, and others stay connected as they travel.
After Paris, our next chance to use it was when we arrived in Doha, Qatar. We were in the terminal and logged on the airport wifi and opened the Uber app so we could find a car to take us to our Airbnb.
That was easy enough until we walked outside the airport and lost the wifi signal. We didn’t know where to find our driver. The perfect time to fire up the Skyroam! We pushed the button and within a couple of minutes it registered that we were in Qatar and started emitting a strong wifi signal. My iPhone quickly picked it up… and voilà we were back in business. We connected with our Uber driver and headed to our newest Airbnb.
We decided not to buy local Qatari SIM cards during our four day stay so we could really put Skyroam to the test. We headed out of town to attend a horse-jumping event and used it as we wandered the grounds. When it was time to leave, there was not a bus or taxi in sight because we were well out from the city center. Once again, we used Skyroam to get on the Internet to hail an Uber. There we were, in the middle of nowhere, with both phones on low battery but our Skyroam was charged and ready to provide a strong Internet connection. We found a driver just 10 minutes away.
After just two days in Qatar, Skyroam came to our rescue twice. Plus, it let us stay connected to the news, our e-mails and text messages. We can’t wait to use it in our next stop… Cape Town, and then almost everywhere else.
For our type of travel, where we sometimes stay for weeks in one country, it may still be most cost efficient for us to get local SIM cards so can use voice as well as data. But, having this light wight, zippy Skyroam hotspot is a great solution for us when we are in a country for a short stay or when the Internet connection in our Airbnb is weak, or doesn’t work for one reason or another.
It is a great addition to our traveling toolbox and helps provide The Perfect Stay.